Did You Get Implants? How to Graciously Answer Nosey Questions this Holiday

Breast augmentation remains the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. In 2018, over 300,000 women chose to enhance their physique and give themselves the body they have always desired. As surgical techniques and safe-practices continue to advance, patients are faced with an unprecedented opportunity to customize their appearances.  

Although plastic surgery is rising in popularity, many patients still struggle to broach the topic of their breast augmentation with coworkers, friends, and family. The holidays, in particular, present plenty of opportunities for long-lost relatives and friends to ask nosey questions about your aesthetic procedures. Being prepared mentally and even verbally for these situations can minimize anxiety and help you avoid confrontations.

Here, we offer some handy advice on managing these situations. Just remember that you look stunning, and be pleased that your decision is turning heads. 

Face It Head On with Calm Clarity

Remember why you chose to undergo the procedure, and share your reasoning. Should you be challenged, ask the questioner why they hold their stance on breast augmentation. People often simply want to express their opinion. A proper conversation about the topic could require that you know some of the best recent research. You never know, you might help open someone’s mind with a frank but level discussion on physical appearance and confidence. 

One handy strategy in any debate or touchy conversation is to let your questioner feel heard.  Simply repeat their points to them, starting with, “So you’re saying that . . . “ or “Let me see if I’ve heard you . . . . “  Just the fact that you’ve heard them will get them to back down. Once you’ve taken this step, change the topic or end the conversation. Expressly state, “I understand you don’t agree, but we won’t solve this today. Let’s move on.”   

Keep in mind that just because someone keeps asking you questions, you’re not obligated to answer. You don’t have to respond to the pressure. You control what you will and won’t share. 

A few Choice Comebacks to Nosey Plastic Surgery Questions

When someone asks if you’ve had work done, say: 

“Thank you for noticing,” and then change the topic if you suspect they’re about to unleash on you. 

“I’m glad you noticed.”

“Why do you ask?”

When someone asks how much you paid, say:

“My granny told me it was gauche to discuss prices.”

“Half of my rent, but twice yours.”

“HIPAA prevents me from disclosing that.” 

When someone asks exactly what you had done, say:

“What haven’t I have done?”

“What exactly do you mean asking something like that?”

“What exactly haven’t you done?” 

“Where exactly do you get off asking me that?”

When someone asks, why you’ve had it done, say, 

“I thought it was an HOA regulation. You mean it’s not?” 

“Because I can.” 

The Dodge: Avoid the Situation Altogether

If you think that having this discussion at a big family gathering is just going to be too much, you might consider wearing a loose dress with a sports bra for the occasion. 

While this does momentarily defeat the purpose of getting your breast augmentation, it allows you to take control of when you reveal your procedure. It also ensures you can have individual talks with particular people in a more controlled social environment.  

More often than not, if you take confidence in your stance and politely listen to the opinions of others, you will have a brief, pleasant conversation. 

If you’re still unsure about how to confront this issue, call us at our Fredericksburg VA office on 540 371 7730 or contact us online for a confidential chat and even a practice run through a conversation. We’re here to support your personal decision.   

How to Determine the Right Breast Implant Size for Your Figure

With more than 300,000 women reshaping their bust every year, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S.

However, breast implant revision surgeries are also on the rise. Over half of these breast augmentation revision surgeries are performed because women initially choose the wrong size implant, and consequently need to get the implant size changed.  

For this reason, it is crucial to choose the right breast implant size when you first get your breast augmentation. By getting your size right the first time, you will avoid unnecessary revision surgery and complications later on.

There are numerous factors you need to consider when deciding the right breast implant size for you. Here, our surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg outline which factors to take into consideration, and how you can estimate the correct size implant for yourself

Measuring Breast Implant Size

Brassiere cup sizes are unreliable measurements of actual breast size. As such, breast implants are not measured in cup size – they are measured in cubic centimeters (CC’s).

This is because brassier cup volume differs between countries and bra manufacturers – a B cup from one manufacturer may be a different size than a B cup from a separate manufacturer. For this reason, plastic surgeons use the precise and universal measurement of volume to standardize measuring the size of breast implants in cubic centimeters.   

Breast implant sizes vary greatly, anywhere from 120 ccs to 850 ccs. The size of the implants you should choose depends on a variety of factors.

Bigger Is Not Necessarily Better

Breast implant surgery is a highly personalized process. In the end, the decision is up to you about the size of your implants, but you should carefully consider these factors:

  • your desired aesthetic result
  • natural amount of breast tissue
  • height, weight, chest, breast and shoulder dimensions
  • skin elasticity
  • lifestyle

For pleasing aesthetic results, many women are beginning to choose more moderately sized implants that give a full, perky profile without being overly large.   

Choosing breast implants that are too large often leads to complications such as the implants becoming displaced or your skin sagging, and in some cases, breast implant revision surgery.

Breast implants that are too large for your frame can also increase the chance that you will experience back and neck pain. They may also lead to postural issues, so the size of implant you choose must be proportional to your frame and musculature.

Visualizing Breast Implant Sizes

Two easy, at-home tests that are very effective in helping you visualize the actual sizes of different breast implants are the rice test, and the water test.

Both tests work because 1ml of rice or water equals 1 CC.

To perform the rice test: 

  1. Measure out 200 ml of rice
  2. Cut out a section of some old pantyhose
  3. Tie a knot in one end and fill the pantyhose with the rice 
  4. Tie off the top end.

This shows you the size of a 200 CC breast implant.

You can manipulate the shape and profile of your jerry-rigged implant, and varying the amount of rice will help you see the difference in breast implant sizes.

The water test is very similar; only you use a balloon with different volumes of water to help visualize the different implant sizes.

Try wearing larger brassieres with different items of clothing and placing your home-made implants into the bra cup to get an idea of how you look and feel with various implant sizes.

Remember that you also need to consider the profile and shape of your implants. This is best done with an on-site consultation so you can see and ‘try’ the different implant shapes and sizes which are available to you.

Deciding on the size of your breast implants takes a lot of consideration. If you’re thinking about breast augmentation surgery in Fredericksburg and whether or not it’s right for you, Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg can help.

In a one-on-one consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeons will consider your specific circumstances, your physique, lifestyle, and desired results and recommend the best implant sizes for you. 

To book your appointment, please don’t hesitate to call 540 371 7730 or fill out our online form. We look forward to hearing from you.

9 Things You Need at Home to Make Plastic Surgery Recovery Comfortable

Did you know that plastic surgery recovery can be a pleasant experience? Many of our patients expect extensive downtime and significant discomfort and are delighted when they realize how easy recovery can be. 

By organizing your affairs and house before heading into surgery, you can prepare yourself for a straight-forward, relaxing, and enjoyable period of downtime. 

The type of surgery you receive will impact the length of time you spend resting and recovering, but if you’re prepared you can enjoy those few days or a couple of weeks. 

What do you need for a great recovery after plastic surgery? We recommend the following nine items.

1) A Helping Hand

Plain and simple, you’re going to need help as you recover from plastic surgery. 

While you don’t need someone waiting on you hand and foot, you may need assistance with little daily tasks like driving home from surgery, walking the dog, or running out to the store. 

Patients with small children will definitely need help with childcare as patients are unable to lift for several weeks after most surgical procedures.

2) Entertainment

Get ready to binge! If you’ve been wanting to watch some serious Netflix, after surgery you’ll probably have time. Prefer to read? Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to dive into for months.  

Downtime after surgery will mean plenty of sitting on the couch or lying in bed – the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself and indulge in some TV and literature.

3) Comfortable Clothes

As you recover from surgery, your comfort is paramount. Comfy clothing is a must. 

You should avoid stretching as much as possible, as it can pull apart incisions and sutures and slow the healing process. Loose clothing allows you to slip into and out of your attire without too much movement. We recommend button-up tops after breast surgeries.

4) Sanitizing Products

After surgery, your body will have incisions that need to heal. By keeping on top of sanitizing your hands and incisions, you can minimize any potential risk of infection. 

Using antibacterial soaps and hand gels will keep your hands and environment germ-free.

5) First Aid Kit

Our team of elite surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg will teach you how to care for your incisions as you heal.

You may find it helpful to have gauze, antibiotic ointment, and bandaging available.

6) Filled Prescriptions

No one wants to go to the pharmacy after surgery. 

If you can, go to the pharmacy and get any prescriptions you’ll need before your surgery. By doing so, you can return directly home after your procedure and not worry about having to make any unnecessary stops along the way.

7) Supplements and Vitamins

Anytime when our bodies are a little bit down is a great time to give them a helping hand. Particularly as you recover from plastic surgery, you might want to be extra kind to your immune system and organs with over-the-counter multivitamins and other supplements. 

This can give your body that extra little edge it needs to heal that extra bit faster. Always talk with your surgeon about any medications or supplements you’re using.

8) Ready-Made Meals

You don’t want to be worrying too much about planning, shopping, and preparing your meals during your recovery. You want to eat. 

Some easily stored meals like pasta bakes, rice pilafs, and stir-fries are great ideas to make before your surgery. Having these ready in the refrigerator or freezer for when your hungry will make your recovery that much easier and your tummy that much happier. 

9) Water

So many people overlook the role of hydration in recovering from surgery. You need to stay hydrated so you can flush medications and anesthesia out of your system effectively.  

Water also improves your mood; it boosts your energy and helps with your digestion. Having drinking water ready and available – and ensuring to consume plenty of it – will make a big difference during your recovery.

By organizing this help, food, and supplies, you can make your recovery from plastic surgery a time where you can get back to yourself and enjoy some proper rest and relaxation. 

If you have any other questions about plastic surgery recovery, or would like to book a consultation with the team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, call 540-371-7730 or fill in our online form.

Top Skin Treatments to Counter Damaging Summer Sun

When you’re soaking up the sun in one of Fredericksburg’s beautiful parks, sun damage is the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, even when you’re not thinking about it, the damage is occurring. The sun’s rays can take a toll on the skin, contributing to premature aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Fortunately, there are several minimally invasive cosmetic procedures available to counter this sun damage and revitalize our skin after too much fun in the sun.

Here, the elite team of surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg describes the ideal skin treatments to bring out the healthy shine of your natural skin. 

How Is the Skin Damaged by the Sun?

As the sun shines it emits ultraviolet (UV) energy. When our skin is exposed for prolonged periods to UV energy, it slowly begins to damage our skin cells. What follows are age spots, lines, discoloration, and sunburnt skin.

Proper precautions must be taken when spending time in Fredericksburg’s sun – precautions like applying sunscreen every ninety minutes, trying to avoid the sun when it is highest in the sky (between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M.) and wearing a broad-brimmed hat.

Even with careful sun habits, inevitably, many of us will get too much sun at some point during summer. If you have sun damage, we can help you treat it. Come in for a personalized consultation or try one of the following treatments.

Chemical Peels

The accumulation of dead skin cells on the out layer of our skin results in a rough, haggard overall appearance.

Chemical peels are an ideal treatment for more general symptoms of sun-damaged skin, such as dull and uneven skin tone. The peel improves the skin by removing the entire outer layer of dead skin cells, which reveals the healthier, new skin underneath.

What peel should you choose? Chemical peels come in varying strengths. Stronger peels remove more skin and work at deeper depths. A light, superficial peel works on the outermost layers of the skin. How much damage you have and your lifestyle will determine your peel options. Talk with one of our plastic surgeons if you need a recommendation. 

Superficial peels are ideal for revamping moderately sun-damaged skin, whereas skin that is beginning to wrinkle or that has deeper hyperpigmentation will respond better to a deeper VI peel or Obagi Blue peel.

Laser Skin Treatments

In some cases, the sun will cause areas of the skin to develop discoloration, such as age spots and freckles. These unwanted spots can be treated with laser therapy.

Often used to combat the aging process, laser skin treatment has also long been used to mend sun-damaged skin.

At the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, an effective laser technology called Fraxel laser is used to alleviate numerous skin problems. 

Targeted light energy is focused on the desired location to remove the damaged skin cells in each treated area. If you have age spots, ask us about Fraxel. 

Skincare Products

A range of products are available to treat sun-damaged skin, but one that stands out from the rest is the Obagi Nu-Derm system. Explicitly designed for moderately to severely sun-damaged skin, this treatment has proven to be the best available prescription-based method to treat weathered skin.

Acting on a cellular level, the Obagi Nu-Derm system removes dead skin cells, repairs skin damage, encourages collagen production, new skin cell generation, and protects the new skin. 

Over several weeks, this system impressively counteracts sun damage done to your skin during the summer.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Your skin is the first and most significant barrier that protects you and your body from the harsh elements – you must care for it!

To learn more about the highly effective Obagi Nu-Derm skin care system, or any of the other treatments recommended by the surgeons of Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, call our plastic surgery office at 540-371-7730 or fill out our online form to arrange a consultation.

The Best Dermal Fillers & Injectables for Darker Skin

Facial rejuvenation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Traditionally, middle-aged females were the biggest buyers of facial treatments. Anymore, however, dermatologists and plastic surgeons are getting more bookings from patients with darker skin, too.      

Last year, over 10 million Americans used noninvasive fillers or injectables to eliminate facial lines and wrinkling. Twenty percent of these patients had darker skin. 

With this in mind, as you consider a facial rejuvenation in Fredericksburg, you can better understand how the procedure will benefit you according to your skin type. 

How Does Skin Color Affect Aging?

Skin aging depends on two primary factors. The first, intrinsic aging, equally affects all skin types. Intrinsic, or biological skin aging, is influenced by gravity and manifests as a loss of skin volume and elasticity over time. Biological aging becomes particularly noticeable in the mid-lower facial regions, around the cheeks, nose, and mouth.   

The second aspect of skin aging is photodamage; damage caused by sunlight. The susceptibility of our skin to photodamage is chiefly a result of melanin concentration.

By absorbing UV energy, melanin diverts radiation away from skin cells and reduces the adverse effects that sunlight has on the skin. As such, the higher melanin concentrations in those with darker skin protects them from sun radiation. Accordingly, these lucky men and women have lower incidences of skin cancer and skin damage.

This interaction between sun, time, and skin type leads to people experiencing skin aging differently. Facial rejuvenation procedures should be closely correlated with skin color and condition.     

How Does Aging of the Skin Differ Between Skin Shades?

Lighter-skinned individuals tend to develop signs of aging earlier than those with darker skin. Lighter skin is more susceptible to photodamage. As such, fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss due to sun exposure occur higher on the face, earlier in life.

With darker skin, signs of aging occur later on and are characterized more by an overall loss of facial volume. The best options for skin of color are often volumizing procedures. That means fillers.  

Areas such as the cheeks, around the mouth (marionette lines) and the nose are all areas that respond well to filling using products such as Juvéderm® and Restylane®. These products, once injected under the skin, add subsurface volume and fill out folds, sunken cheeks, and hollow lips.

An area of caution for skin of color, however, is its susceptibility to scarring. The melanin that protects darker skin from the sun also means that the skin is more prone to discoloration from wounds. At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, however, we virtually eliminate this risk by using a DermaSculpt Microcannula injection technique.

This flexible microcannula allows our expert doctors to fill a wider area using a single, almost pain-free injection. It creates close to zero bruising and as such is an ideal technique for administering Juvéderm® or Restylane® to an area that needs more volume.

Our team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg have all the tools and expertise to gauge select the appropriate skin treatments for a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Skin type, age, and expectations all influence the suitability of any technique for you. Reach out to our board-certified team for a consultation via a phone call at 540-371-7730 or by filling in our online form

We look forward to meeting you!

How Should I Prepare for my Breast Augmentation consultation?

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” This beautiful quote by author and psychologist Astrid Alauda revisits a popular view of our bodies. Our body is indeed a temple, a sacred place of worship, but like all holy places, we must respect, honor, and love it. 

Cultures the world over offer homage to sacred places in hundreds of different ways. Gifts and offerings have venerated goddesses from Aphrodite to Kama for centuries. Your choice to meet our team at Plastic Surgeries of Fredericksburg for your breast augmentation consultation is an expression of your well-deserved self- respect, self-love, and self-worship.

To continue your passage of honoring and gifting your body, we at Plastic Surgeries of Fredericksburg would like to offer you some guidance. It is essential that you understand and properly consider all aspects of your breast augmentation surgery. With this in mind, allow us to offer you some material for your consideration so you can adequately prepare for your visit with us.

You should ask yourself the following questions before your consultation, as our surgeons will want to discuss these topics with you;

1)     Why do you want to undertake a breast augmentation? Despite the growing popularity of these procedures in America, breast augmentation surgery is still surgery. When opting for any procedure on your body, your reasoning and motivation must be clear. Whether you want to look better in your skin or recover the appearance of your breasts after pregnancy, clarity, and honesty for your motivation behind the surgery is essential.

 2)     How do you expect to look after the procedure? So that we can offer you the best advice, you need to be clear with yourself and us what you want out of the procedure. Perhaps you want more symmetry between your breasts or to increase your bust appearance? First determining this with yourself helps you explain what you want to us. 

 3)     What is your current relationship with medication, tobacco, alcohol, supplements, and drugs? The customers who enjoy the best results from breast augmentation are healthy individuals who enjoy life in moderation. If you already treat your body with fairness, care, and respect, you are well on the way to being a standout candidate for breast augmentation.

 4)     When have you undergone any other medical treatments or faced any medical conditions? By understanding your entire medical and clinical history, our surgeons can accurately advise you on anesthesia, post-op medication, and what your procedure and recovery will look like. The more information you can provide during your consultation, the better. 

Once you have honestly answered these questions with yourself, it is time to start considering questions you may have for us! Your consultation with us at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is your chance to get to know your surgeon and clarify any uncertainties about your procedure. 

The following is a good list of questions for you to pose to any of our staff, and particularly the surgeon who will be performing your procedure.

  • Are you an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeon?
  • Did you specifically train in the discipline of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of training and practice have you had?
  • Where will my breast augmentation surgery be performed?
  • According to my body, what incision site, shape, size, and placement do you recommend?
  • How long after the procedure will it be before I can resume my regular routine?
  • What are the potential risks associated with my breast augmentation, and how will you handle any complications?
  • Will I need subsequent implant-related surgeries?
  • How will the appearance of my breast change over time and after pregnancy and breastfeeding?
  • Will my ability to breastfeed be affected?
  • What can I do if I am unsatisfied with the outcome of my procedure?

Do you have a portfolio of before-and-after photos or past patient commendations I can look at to see your previous work?

By entirely understanding all components of your breast augmentation surgery, you fully equip yourself for a satisfying, confidence-building, rewarding gift to yourself. Remember, nerves are perfectly normal, and our team looks forward to discussing any feelings you have about your procedure in your consultation.  

Reach out to us at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg via phone call or by filling in our online form if you have any unanswered queries about booking a consultation with us.  

3 Low Downtime Cosmetic Treatments to Get You Back In The Summer Sun Fast

Customers who are considering cosmetic treatment are frequently concerned with recovery time, especially in the summer when parties and outdoor activities beckon. Of the 17.7 million cosmetic procedures conducted last year in the U.S., almost 90% were minimally invasive treatments with low to no downtime.  

Understandably, the importance of returning to one’s routine and enjoying the summer sun as soon as possible after any treatment is of paramount importance.   

Today, dermatologists perform dozens of cosmetic treatments that require little to no recovery time. Following are three low downtime spa services offered at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, which will ensure you look radiant in the summer sun in no time at all.  

Chemical Peels

When conducted by a board-certified professional, chemical peels are exceptionally safe procedures that use chemical solutions to exfoliate damaged outer layers of facial skin. Chosen by almost 1.5 million Americans last year, chemical peels remove damaged layers of facial skin to reveal underlying healthy, smooth skin cells.  Chemical peels can be done at superficial, medium, and deep intensities, each intensity addressing deeper, more stubborn skin issues.  

Wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, melasma, and uneven skin tone can all be addressed using chemical peels. This procedure provides instant rejuvenation with no downtime. 

Light chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution such as salicylic acid using a cotton ball or gauze. The outer layers of skin will start to whiten, and once completed, the chemical solution will be neutralized and removed. All evidence of the peel is removed before you leave. 

Light chemical peels, such as the AHA Peel or Obagi Radiance Peel offered at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, are generally completed within 30 minutes, and allow you to walk straight out of the clinic and resume your day. 

BOTOX®

Likely the most well-known cosmetic treatment and opted for by 7.5 million U.S. citizens in 2018, BOTOX® is truly one of the safest, fastest and most affordable options available to anyone looking for a restored youthful appearance. A non-surgical treatment that requires zero recovery time, a BOTOX® reveals its effects within days.

BOTOX® works by reducing muscle contractions responsible for creating furrowed brows and wrinkles. Using a tiny needle, a small quantity of the BOTOX® substance is injected into the treatment area, resulting in the relaxation of the muscles in that vicinity.

Frequently used to treat anti-aging, BOTOX® treatments allow customers at Plastic Surgery of Fredericksburg to leave our clinic immediately after the procedure and resume their regular routines.  

Dermal Fillers

An increasingly popular cosmetic treatment, dermal fillers, when conducted by board-certified professionals, are a safe and highly effective method of restoring fullness and vitality to your face. 

The doctors at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg apply dermal fillers to many areas, including the mid-cheek, smile lines, lips, tear trough, marionette lines, or elsewhere. These injections fill out sunken areas of the face and lift the skin to create a more youthful setting. 

If done correctly using proper injection technique, friends and family won’t even recognize you’ve had a specific procedure. Because patients walk in and out of our clinic with minimal interruption to their day, they don’t need to arrange pick up or drop-offs, a convenience that keeps friends and family on a “need-to-know” basis. 

At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, we use a revolutionary injection technique which minimizes any swelling or bruising associated with dermal filling. Contact us to find out more about our DermaSculpt Microcannula dermal filling procedure

Need Answers to Your Specific Issues?

Cosmetic treatments are often associated with long rehabilitation periods and costly in-house stays. While this is true for some more drastic treatments, the procedures outlined above are minimally invasive, highly effective methods for restoring your youth, vitality, and confidence with little to no downtime.

If time is of the essence, contact us at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg to discuss the best options for you. Calling our experienced staff at 540-371-7730 with your questions will help you understand all of our options, or you can fill in our online form. We look forward to your visit!

Can Breast Reduction Benefit Your Health?

It is no secret that a woman’s breasts are one of the most sexualized features of the female body, with cup size being the main contributor. The pursuit of bigger and more voluptuous breasts has been the main driving force for breast augmentation, leading it to be one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures the world over.

However, not all women are happy with having large, heavy breasts leaving them to seriously consider undergoing breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty). Carrying several extra pounds on a daily basis can take a toll over time leading to the development of pain, discomfort, and an overall decreased quality of life. 

The Negative Impact of Having Large Breasts

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure to remove excess tissue, fat, and skin of the breasts, helping to reshape and reduce their overall size and weight. It has been a popular option for women suffering from macromastia, or excessively large breasts, becoming increasingly more common in recent times.  

While those small to modest breast sizes often desire a larger cup size, their negative impact on a woman’s life is often underappreciated. Large breasts are generally associated with the development of several unwanted physical symptoms, such as neck, shoulder and back pain. This is thought to be due to changes in the center of gravity leading to prolonged bending postures and continued tension on the middle and lower fibers of the trapezius muscle and associated muscles groups1

 Additional unwanted symptoms of large breasts include:

  • The production of tender, potentially permanent, grooves overlying the shoulder area (over the trapezius near its insertion site on the acromion) caused by the need for study support bras 
  • Friction rash development in the areas where the breast and chest meet
  • Emotional stress caused by chronic pain 
  • Impaired ability to live an active lifestyle 
  • Sleeping and breathing difficulties
  • Nerve pain 

Resulting pain caused by having large breasts often lead to the continued use of pain relievers, which can have their own negative effects on the stomach, liver, and kidneys if consumed in excess over long periods of time2.  

Reshape Your Breasts

Women with large breasts may simply be dissatisfied with the shape, size, and firmness of their breasts, becoming self-conscious due to a perceived asymmetry. This can be emphasized by difficulties fitting into bras and clothing.  A breast reduction will often include a breast lift (mastopexy) that will help women achieve a more appropriate breast size, raise sagging or drooping breasts, and can elevate the nipple to better suit to their body type. 

Breast reduction surgery is considered an outpatient procedure, with most patients going home that very day. The procedure itself takes approximately three hours to complete with most patients returning to normal activity in a week with full recovery in about six weeks. 

Taking Charge of Your Own Wellbeing

Many women who are considering breast reduction surgery often face a lot of cultural backlash. They are told to they should feel lucky to be blessed with such attributes or that they may regret it after getting the procedure. But these other people simply don’t know the truth about how living with very large breasts can affect everyday life. 

Breast reduction surgery can be liberating for women, allowing them to feel more comfortable; positively impact their lives. The elimination of pain symptoms alone is the sole reason many women undergo the procedure, making breast reduction surgery to be consistently reported as one of the highest rated in satisfaction among all cosmetic procedures3.

If you suffer from undue pain caused by large breasts, speak to the highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Their knowledge and expertise in regard to cosmetic surgical procedures are second to none and they are more than happy to guide you through every step of the way. 

 

To schedule a personalized consultation, call the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 today!

 

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3322448/ 
  2. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/are-you-taking-too-much-anti-inflammatory-medication-2018040213540
  3. https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/01/1402022/0/en/New-Statistics-Reveal-the-Shape-of-Plastic-Surgery.html

Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation You Never Knew

Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation You Never Knew

Plastic surgery is often regarded as making noticeable aesthetic changes to one’s appearance, such as tightening the skin for a facelift or increasing bust size during breast augmentation. However, there some aesthetic issues that go unnoticed to others but can still impact the way we feel, but most importantly our confidence.

The vagina is a sexual organ designed for pleasure but also childbirth. As women age, this organ loses its elasticity and youthful appearance, often affecting the way women feel when intimate with their partner, leading to embarrassment. Vaginal rejuvenation aims to rectify this loss of self-esteem by tightening vaginal tissue, helping women regain their sense attractiveness, and even boosting sexual pleasure.

 

Factors Affecting Vaginal Appearance

Vaginal rejuvenation is a term used to refer to reconstructive surgery of the outer lips (labia majora) and/or the inner lips of the vagina (labia minora) called labiaplasty. During childbirth, these structures stretch and contract to accommodate the passage of an infant, but the tissue may not always bounce back to the way it looked pre-childbirth. 

Additional complaints women have due to loose vaginal tissue include increased pain during sexual intercourse, loss if vaginal tightness, and reduced sensitivity.

Age also plays a significant role in female dissatisfaction with their vaginal appearance. As women get older a natural reduction of the sex hormone estrogen occurs. This hormone is responsible for maintaining vaginal tightness, moisture, and elasticity. Over time, the taut appearance of the vagina may diminish due to this fact regardless if you have had children. 

 

Benefits of Vaginal Rejuvenation

Labioplasty will tighten the tissue of the vagina by removing excess skin. By doing this, both you and your partner will benefit from increased stimulation that would have been lost otherwise, leading to greater sexual gratification and improved sex life. It can even help reduce pain caused by excess vaginal tissue being pulled into the vagina during intercourse. 

The labia minora is normally situated behind the labia majora, but this is not always true for older women. When the labia minora protrudes forward, beyond the labia minora, it can give an aesthetically displeasing appearance. Labiaplasty can correct this, returning your vagina to its previously youthful look.

The clothing we choose to wear impacts the way we feel. Having loose vaginal tissue can lead to unwanted friction in the crotch area, making even wearing underwear an unpleasant experience. Women’s fashion is geared towards showcasing the female figure which leads to discomfort and irritation when wearing form-fitting clothing, such as bathing suits. Labiaplasty can reduce labia protrusion and reshape the vagina to mitigate this undesirable consequence. 

Premature urination is a common issue facing older women, especially those who have had multiple vaginal births. Premature urination occurs when you are unable to adequately control the flow of urine, leading to unwanted leaks. By tightening the vaginal tissue, it makes it easier to hold on to urine and preventing untimely accidents. 

 

What You Can Expect

Labioplasty is considered an outpatient procedure with most patients leaving the hospital to recoup at home the same day. Your vaginal area will feel sore and swollen for about a week, so it is recommended to wear loose clothing during to this to avoid excess pain. Using ice packs on the area as needed can also aid in relieving pain and swelling. Your doctor will also advise you to avoid using tampons, sex, and other vigorous activities for about four to six weeks post-procedure to ensure adequate healing.

Speaking to highly trained and experienced plastic surgeons is the first step in discovering your options when considering vaginal rejuvenation. The excellent doctors at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg are committed to understanding your needs and desires to help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

 

To schedule a personalized consultation, call the Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 today!